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Book Blogger Hop,
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He took over this hop from
Jennifer @ Crazy For Books.
I'm so glad he decided to
continue with this weekly feature!
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What to Do
1.) Post on your blog answering this week's
If you don't like a book that
you said you would review,
do you graciously
turn it down and explain why,
or do you struggle
through it and hopefully come up
with a half-decent review?
2.) Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list on Bill's blog.
3.) Visit other blogs on the list and
comment on their posts.
4.) Be sure to find out next week's
question when you visit Bill's blog!
This is a more difficult situation, I think, than the one presented last week, although I alluded to it then.
Back in the days before I put up my Review Policies/FTC Disclosure page, I received, on two separate occasions, books directly from authors, which I promised to review. Both were from Indie authors.
One of the books was sent to me by email, as a PDF document. Now, I don't like to read e-books, or books in PDF format. Plus, I didn't like the plot or characters in this one. I didn't know what to do....so I put off letting the author know that I didn't like the book, and wasn't going to review it. I never did get back to that author, and felt terrible about it. I imagine they got the message....
The other book was a very enjoyable read, and it was a printed book. It was a middle-grade fantasy. Normally, I don't read such books, but I really liked this one, and gave it a very favorable review.
Ever since I started participating in blog tours, things have changed. I do feel bad if I receive a printed book from a publisher or publicist for review, and don't like said book. The difference now is that I'm not dealing directly with the author, so even if I feel some guilt at rejecting a book I've already received, it's not as overwhelming. Besides, attempting to struggle through a book is not my idea of what reading should be all about.
The first book was horrendous; the plotting was very choppy, the characters completely flat, and the spelling, grammar and writing style abysmal. I loved the cover, but that was it. The book was written by an Indie author.
The second book was obviously written by a competent author, although the novel was a debut, and published by a major publisher, too. The style was poetic and beautiful, with no mistakes at all. The characters were fleshed out, and very likeable. In this case, there was something in the story which I found morally offensive. So in spite of this novel's beauty, I simply could not go on reading it.
The third book was not as poetically written as the second one, and was by another Indie author. The main character was all right, although nothing exciting, either. But what really got to me was the amount of graphic violence in the plot. It was just sickening.... I do read books with battle scenes in the plot from time to time. Heck, I've read The Lord of the Rings, which definitely contains such scenes! Tolkien doesn't go into detailed descriptions of injuries sustained on the battlefield, though. So I couldn't read this third book, either.
In all three cases, after contacting the publicist for the tour company and explaining my reasons for turning down the review, I offered to return the book to them, at my expense. The publicist always told me that it wasn't necessary. Of course, I felt really bad about that....but I simply can't push myself to read a book that I totally dislike, either.
This doesn't mean that I've never written a negative review; I certainly have. Paradoxically, these have been about books that were not so unpleasant to read that I couldn't finish, and then review them. I prefer to write positive reviews, though, for the simple reason that I don't like to struggle through a book I totally dislike. And I do mention negative things about books I basically like. In such cases, I will give the book three or four stars, but never five.
What do you think of
How do you deal with